Macau (/məˈkaʊ/; traditional Chinese: 澳門; simplified Chinese: 澳门; Jyutping: ou3mun4*2; pinyin: Àomén), also spelled Macao, is one of the two Special Administrative Regions of the People’s Republic of China, the other being Hong Kong. Macau lies on the western side of the Pearl River Delta across from Hong Kong to the east, which is about 64 kilometers, also bordered by Guangdong Province to the north and facing the South China Sea to the east and south.The territory’s economy is heavily dependent on gambling and tourism, but also includes manufacturing. The Cantonese people from Hong Kong and Guangdong, especially recent mainland tourism from Mandarin-speaking regions, have boosted the economy of Macau significantly.
A former Portuguese colony, Macau was administered by Portugal from the mid-16th century until late 1999, when it was the last remaining European colony in Asia. Portuguese traders first settled in Macau in the 1550s. In 1557, Macau was rented to Portugal by the Chinese empire as a trading port. The Portuguese administered the city under Chinese authority and sovereignty until 1887, when Macau became a colony of the Portuguese empire. Sovereignty over Macau was transferred back to China on 20 December 1999. The Sino-Portuguese Joint Declaration and the Basic Law of Macau stipulate that Macau operate with a high degree of autonomy until at least 2049, fifty years after the transfer. By 2002, it had become one of the world’s richest cities. It became the world’s biggest gambling centre in 2006.
Under the policy of “one country, two systems”, the PRC’s Central People’s Government is responsible for the territory’s defense and foreign affairs, while Macau maintains its own legal system, police force, monetary system, customs policy, and immigration policy.
If you get a chance to check this little city out, please give it a whirl. There of course is gambling everywhere, but why else would you go there? For me I enjoy going to the newer side, as the older side, is now pretty much a ghost town, with buildings left standing abondend. What was once the new turns the old, and now the new is growing at leaps and bounds, the vanetian, mega world, hard rock all fighting for the consumers last dollar. Great for those who shop for bargains. Be warned most of the gmaes are chinese based and regulated, I usually find the slots, and those with rules I can understand in less than a hour! What ever it is you enjoy you can find it , if its food, entertainment or more Macau definitely has it for you. Enjoy!! and Best of Luck!